Some interesting match ups this week will determine who is ready for a big mid season push.
- New Orleans Saints@ Indianapolis Colts-This is the tale of two past great teams with highly respected gun slingers trying to stay relevant. The Saints are trying to make up ground in a wildcard race they are only trailing by a single game. In the other conference, the Colts are trying to stay above .500 while the Texans seem closer and closer to finding their footing. If the Colts fall, the AFC South becomes wide open.
- New York Jets@ New England Patriots- This is the most important game of the week as the Jets try to knock off the ever hot Patriots. We saw last week what happens when division rivals play when the Saints upset the Falcons. Anything can happen when you play a team who knows you so well. The Patriots have the second largest net points in the NFL while the Jets have the fifth. In fact, the Jets lead the league in points against in only allowing 75 points in their first five games. The Jets offense has the star power but their defense is grossly underrated. This Sunday however something has to give.
- Dallas Cowboys@ New York Giants- The Cowboys are suffering from a three game losing streak and will try to go into New York to overtake the Giants in the standings. Last Monday the Giants played some the sloppiest football of the season and allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to take the top spot in the division. This may be a game of solely who can play the least sloppy, and that could make for an interesting game to watch.
- Philadelphia Eagles@ Carolina Panthers- The Panthers are the other undefeated team to play this weekend (Patriots are also 5-0) and should be able to roll over the Eagles at home. Although the Eagles may have found confidence in winning a big divisional match last week in primetime, this is a team that may not let the big stage get the best of them. The Panthers on the other hand are exceeding expectation by not losing a game and even playing tough in Seattle when most people had that pegged has their first loss. Both teams are trying to make a point to the rest of the league, which team feels they have more to prove?
- Pittsburgh Steelers@ Kansas City Chiefs- After Michael Vick went down with an injury last week against the Cardinals, the Steelers have turned to third string quarterback Landry Jones to possibly make the start against the Chiefs this Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger is on his way to being able to take the helm but he is a limited practice participant the last couple weeks. The promising thing though is if Jones is the guy, the Chiefs are the perfect opponent to give Big Ben another week of rest.
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